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Francis O'Gorman steps down from S.H. council

Published January 17. 2013 05:01PM

A vacancy exists on Summit Hill Borough Council.

Francis O'Gorman Jr., who has been a councilman since the beginning of 2012, has announced his resignation effective Jan. 31.

He said in his resignation letter, "My current work schedule conflicts with the times of our council meetings and I feel that it's unfair to you and the people of Summit Hill that I cannot attend the meetings."

The council will accept written applications from any resident who wants to fill O'Gorman's position.

The applications must be received at the borough hall by 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8.

The next meeting of the council is 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11.

O'Gorman was elected to council in November 2011. He received the highest number of votes of all candidates running for the position.

His term would have expired at the end of 2015.

The council also is seeking a resident to fill a seat on the Vacancy Board.

In other business:

• Recreation Commission Chairman Monica Marshall said eight tons of material will be purchased form Petritsch Landscaping in New Ringgold at $14 per ton. The material will be used at two parks.

The council authorized borough employees to pick up the items.

• Marshall also said the Recreation Commission is looking for new vendors for the annual Memorial Day weekend stay-at-home festival, including someone to supply rides. Also, new stands must be constructed for the festival to replace those destroyed by a storm during last year's event.

• One other item reported by Marshall is that a Kids' Valentines Dance for students in grades 6-8 will be held on Feb. 16, from 7-9 p.m., in the Community Center.

• The Lansford-Summit Hill Community Partnership was granted permission to use Ludlow Park on Sunday, June 30, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. to host the "2013 Hootenanny."

• Tax collector Alice Kane urged council to adopt a policy in which individuals paying real estate taxes would have to use a money order if making payment after Dec. 15.

She said she had a problem of several people paying their taxes late in the year and having their checks bounced. This, she said, causes problems with her record-keeping since the banks might not report the occurrences until the new year.

"I had a lot of problems at the end of the year with bounced checks," she said.

The council asked its solicitor, Attorney Michael Greek, to look into whether such a rule can be adopted.

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